‘Death trap’ outside Portrush school

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Parents who have children at Millstrand Integrated Primary School are appealing to drivers in the area to SLOW DOWN.

The call comes after a change to parking arrangements at the school, this now means that children are now being dropped off on the main A2 Portstewart Road.

Although it is a 30mph zone, this stretch of road is renowned for speeding.

Mill Strand is the only school in the area without flashing lights to warn drivers that they should slow down.

The school have asked the Council and Road Services to help with signage, but due to budget restrictions have been told it is unlikely to receive any help in the near future.

The Coleraine Times spoke to a number of worried parents, and many believe that the situation is an accident just waiting to happen.

Zoe, a mum who has four children at Millstrand said: “I have four children (including a baby) that I have to strap in and out of their car seats whilst parked on the busy road.

“Cars are flying past and I’m dreading something happening to one of the pupils or parents. There have been several close calls already,” she said.

Another parent who has two children at the school went on: “As a parent of a nursery child and Primary two child, who have no road sense whatsoever, school drop offs are now difficult.

“I worry about the safety of all of the pupils, but in particular the little ones. Cars on the main road driving too fast adds to my worries.”

On Friday a meeting was held at the school to highlight the problem.

Representatives from all political parties were in attendance.

Independent MLA Claire Sugden described the situation as a ‘death trap’.
She said: “The problem is that the road has been accessed and because it is not used enough by pedestrians, simply because it is not safe, it will be not be prioritised . It’s a catch 22 situation,” she said.

“The meeting was well attended on Friday and we all agreed to lobby the Roads Minister to see if we can push anything forward. On Friday the children were out with signs, and it did work to catch the attention of drivers, however this is only a short term solution to a long term problem.”